Virginia, USA, the Old Dominion State      Scroll down for Research Resources
10th State; Statehood, 1788; Capital City, Richmond

Some family names associated with Virginia:

  • James Alford c 1687 New Kent, VA – c 1730 New Kent VA
  • John Alford  c 1645 VA – 1710 New Kent VA
  • Julius Alford 1717 New Kent VA – 1771 Butte Co NC
  • John Ashley 1625 England – after 1669 Lancaster, VA
  • Charles Brumfield b VA – d c 1820 SC
  • Martin Penn Brumfield 1837 LA – 1862 VA in Civil War
  • Richard Dillon 1745 Norfolk VA – 1833 MS
  • Robert Lawrence b c 1680 VA – d 1744 Bertie, NC

History & Overview. According to the History Channel Website:

One of the 13 original colonies, Virginia was the first part of the country permanently settled by the English, who established Jamestown on the banks of the James River in 1607. The home state of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers, Virginia played an important role in the American Revolution (1775-83). During the Civil War (1861-65), the city of Richmond, Virginia, became the capital of the Confederacy, and more than half of the conflict’s battles were fought in the state. Today, many government institutions are headquartered in Virginia, particularly in Arlington, located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. In addition to eight presidents, famous Virginians include singer Ella Fitzgerald, tennis star Arthur Ashe, actress Shirley MacLaine and authors Willa Cather and Tom Wolfe.

Websites for Virginia research:

Read about the Library of Virginia at the In Depth Genealogist.

Virginia genealogy blog:

A few of my blog posts about Virginia Research:


  • Books on assorted Virginia Records (military, court) by Bevin Creel
  • Doran, Michael F. Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia, 1634 – 1895. Athens: Iberian Publishing Company, 1987.
  • Grundset, Eric G. NGS Research in the States Series Virginia. Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2007.
  • (1904) The Parish Register of Saint Peter’s, New Kent, County, Virginia, 1680 – 1787; Parish Record Series, No. 2 (2004 Reprint) Richmond: Wm. Ellis Jones, Book and Job Printer (Reprint Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc.).
  • (1905) The Vestry Book of St. Peter’s Parish, 1682 – 1758; New Kent County, Virginia; Parish Record Series No. 3. VA: The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Virginia (Reprint Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc.).
  • Dunn, J. B. (n.d.) The History of Nansemond County, Virginia (2016 Reprint) Middletown, DE.
  • Fisher, T. A. (2006) Vital Reocrds of Three Burned Counties; Births, Marriages, and Deaths of King and Queen, King William and New Kent Counties, Virginia, 1680 – 1860. Westminister, MD: Heritage Books.
  • Fleet, Beverly. Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volumes 1 – 34. Available online. Court records, births, history & more.
  • Jester, A. L. (1957) Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century. (1994 Reprint). Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Co., Inc.
  • Nugent, N. M. (1934) Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623 – 1666 (Volume I). Retrieved April 2017 from 
  • Virginia Genealogical Society (1972) Some Marriages in the Burned Counties of Virginia (2009 Reprint) Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc.

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